Traveling to france with a guide/assistance dog


The law for accessibility in France requires two documents : a State card that testifies that you have a handicap (carte mobilité inclusion) and a card which is a certificate that your dog received proper assistance dog education.


There is currently no legal recognition of foreign teams since the law only specifies documents issued from French institutions. Therefore, we recommend that your dog wears its assistance dog coat at all time when he is working. In case someone denies  you access, you should present the "handicap state card" from your country (or at least a medical expert certificate that you are handicaped) and the dog's card from the school it was trained at. If access is still denied, you must comply because you won't be able to sue the place considering the law. However, if you have a State card related to your handicap and your dog has been trained in school certified by IGDF or ADI, please give us a call : we will then engage in a negotiation with the place. We will only do that once you sent us a copy of those documents.


French rules and regulations

Law No. 2005-102 of February 11, 2005 on Equal Rights and Opportunities, Participation and Citizenship of Persons with Disabilities (1)


Law No. 87-588 of July 30, 1987 on Various Measures of a Social Nature - 

Article 88 Modified by Law n ° 2016-1321 of October 7th, 2016 - art. 107 (V)

Access to transport, to places open to the public, as well as to those allowing a professional, educational or educational activity, is allowed to guide or guide dogs accompanying persons holding the "mobility inclusion" card bearing the "Invalidity" and "priority" mentioned in Article L. 241-3 of the Code of Social Action and Families or the person responsible for their education throughout their training period.

The presence of the guide dog or helper alongside the disabled person must not result in additional billing in the access to services and benefits to which it can claim.

This article is applicable to Mayotte.


Code for rural and maritime activities - Article L211-30

Dogs accompanying persons with disabilities, regardless of the type of disability, motor, sensory or mental, and whose owners justify the education of the animal are exempted from the wearing of muzzle in transport, public places premises open to the public as well as those allowing a professional, formative or educational activity.


Code of social action and families

Article R241-23 Modified by Decree No. 2016-1849 of December 23, 2016 - art. 1

Prohibition of public places open to guide dogs and service dogs mentioned in paragraph 5 of Article L. 245-3, accompanying persons holding the mobility inclusion card, including the following information: "invalidity "Or" priority for disabled persons "mentioned in Article L. 241-3, the invalidity card referred to in Article L. 241-3 and the priority card mentioned in Article L. 241- 3-1 in their wording prior to January 1, 2017, is punishable by the fine for third-class contraventions.


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